21 September 2014


This is what September looks like - leaves starting to die, tomatoes not going anywhere and producing like mad, a mix of cool and warm days. I am finding it kind of hard to get motivated to do much this month - besides what HAS to get done (laundry, dishes, work). I changed my schedule at work and am now working 4 ten hour days - with the bonus of a day off on Friday, but I am still adjusting to the timeframe of late evenings and shorter amounts of sun.

11 September 2014


 on my desktop lately - thread, pins, fabric scraps, waterproof pens

 newly finished work - ready for photographer and stylist


07 September 2014

more from san antonio

It was hot when I visited, but then it was also July. As I look back at the photographs I am struck by all the color, even the little bits captured in each photo. Also, the amount of trees, cacti, and other vegetation I saw everywhere -- even in downtown in a busy city.

05 September 2014

try to refocus

images from the Alamo, San Antonio TX, July 2014.
thinking about spending the weekend walking, car shopping, sewing, reading, garden-tending.

23 August 2014

breathing room


I comment I wrote on a blog recently as a response to links on the conflict in Ferguson. I wanted to share it here to document in this blog as a memory of this time. 
My prayers still go out to everyone involved - e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e - I pray that peace will prevail. I pray that my city will not continue feeling scared and anxious. I pray that people will turn to God and work for the common good. I ask for your prayers as well so that the amount of prayers will be so overwhelming that these things must happen.
What I love is that everyone in the age of social media has become an expert on things they really don't know much about. I have read stories on Ferguson, and while I am by no means an expert, I live closer than many. We just don't know all the facts yet. Photographers take powerful photographs, but those don't explain the whole story. People tweet and text and post, but again, those are instantaneous and don't explain the whole story. People get things wrong, opinions change and change again, facts emerge, with time the story can be written. People will always put the headline, the photograph, the tweet from one perspective but it can be difficult to see things from all perspectives.
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that the way the media (professional and non) have represented my region since this whole debacle makes me reconsider a lot of what I see online, particularly in the areas of conflict. It makes me wish that stories were truly showing or considering both sides of an issue or topic, instead of rushing to conclusions.

11 August 2014


 it was a harsh winter and we thought all the fig plants died ... 
well, it turns out that a few made it and are looking great this summer. 
Probably no fruit this summer but let's keep our fingers crossed for next year.

10 August 2014

table runner

 created from a charm pack by Lotta Jansdottir bought from Missouri Star
 quilted in a diamond pattern and handsewn binding - my best attempt yet. I am getting there!
 what the table looks like a lot lately!

09 August 2014

into August...

...entirely skipping July! Here are some things I have been reading and looking at lately.
 I think since I am a visual learner I definitely get a fear of missing out when I see photos of places I would like to travel, food I would like to make/eat, and things I would like to have in my home.

 I love taking the long way home - through the woods, fields, a new neighborhood, the scenic route
 I would like to make a quilt like this from scraps
 recently I made peach nectar and tomato sauce
this week I want to make carrot soup: this one or this one?
 I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
and The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron. 
Apparently I am both. :)
 This video about harvesting orange blossoms in Italy is breathtaking
 Quote from St. Dominic
set up your fall garden with these dates